History was made last month when the United States hosted its first Formula E event, the all-electric racing series that could have vast technological benefits for consumer EVs. But two hours before the winner let the champagne fly in the victory lane, a very different group of drivers celebrated on the same podium in front of American Airlines Arena.

School Series electric kit car competition

It was the “School Series,” a competition where students build electric kit cars and get to race them against each other. The series is run in UK by the Greenpower Education Trust, where they have over 8,000 students from 500 schools building and racing these tiny electric cars every year.

“Formula E approached us about the School Series, it seemed like a natural progression for us to grow the profile of Greenpower,” says Jeremy Way, the company’s CEO. Greenpower signed a five-race deal with Formula E to function as its supporting series, bringing its tech-club-meets-EV-racing to new places like Buenos Aires, Berlin, and the US. And while it’s not going to feed promising young drivers into Formula E, it’s a great way to help kids care more about electric vehicles.

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